Cleopatra Coleman, J. Alphonse Nicholson, and more complete the cast of The Sterling Affairs, the upcoming series about the rise and fall of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
They join previously cast Laurence Fishburne as Doc Rivers, Ed O’Neill as Donald Sterling, and Jacki Weaver as Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling. Gina Welch is penning the limited series which is based on the ESPN 30 for 30 podcast of the same name.
The six-episode series tells the behind the scenes story of Doc Rivers (Fishburne) and the Los Angeles Clippers’ quest to bring a championship to one of the historically worst franchises in all of sports during the impending downfall of the team’s owner, Donald Sterling, whose notoriously racist behavior is brought to light amid the power struggle between his wife of 60+ years, Shelly Sterling (Weaver), and his mistress, V. Stiviano.
Cleopatra Coleman joins as the woman in the center of the entire scandal, Sterling’s mistress V. Stiviano in the forthcoming limited series.
Also joining the cast is Kelly Aucoin, who will portray former Los Angeles Clippers President Andy Roeser. J. Alphonse Nicholson, Austin Scott, Sarunas J. Jackson, Sheldon “Shel” Bailey, and Charlie McElveen as the Clipper players caught up in the events.
Nicholson will portray Chris Paul, Scott is playing Blake Griffin, Jackson is portraying Matt Barnes, Bailey is playing D’Andre Jordan, and McElveen plays JJ Reddick.
Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson’s Color Force is producing. Welch will executive produce alongside Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force and Color Force’s Nellie Reed. Ramona Shelburne, the reporter and host behind the original podcast, will executive produce as well. Kevin Bray will direct the first block of episodes and serve as an executive producer on those episodes. Rembert Browne is a producer. FX Productions will produce.
The Sterling Affairs currently has no release date.